Under the supervision of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR), 30 families whose houses had been totally destroyed during the last Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, have been offered flats to live in as a temporary solution. The campaign, held by PICYR, carries the tagline, “I will not let my brother suffer from the cold winter.”
This campaign initially targets 30 families, totaling 250 people, who will live in rented flats for two months, until their problem is permanently solved. The rent for each flat is $250 per month.
The PICYR’s young volunteers are working very hard, practically burning the candle at both ends, in order to save the war-afflicted families whose situation has worsened in the severely cold weather that hit the area three weeks ago.
“Our new three-story house was destroyed during the summer’s Israeli assault. Therefore, a nylon-made hut for my 16-member family was our only alternative,” a displaced man bitterly said. “The ceiling has a rain leak and we cannot stand the cold weather here,” he continued.
In light of this humanitarian crisis, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR) calls upon all friends of the Palestinian people, and the legal and international institutions, to carry out their responsibilities towards such families.
In addition to having no house to live in, those families also suffer from the suffocating Israeli siege, which hinders Gaza construction, and from unemployment that prevents them from providing their families with basic needs.